Tuesday, August 31, 2010

punchy.crazy.silly.giggly

Lucy was a little punchy last night.

Crazy.

Silly.

Giggly.

More so than usual.

So I broke out the camera for some fun pics
to capture the moment.










And now that you've had a full tour of her dental work,
I'll wish you a very

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, August 30, 2010

back to normal

I love it when I get to spend time with my
kids in unique combinations.

Just the girls.

Just the boys.

Boy and girl.

And this weekend it was my youngest fell and youngest girly.

Yep,
just Nick and Lucy.

Brenden and Macy went with my parents down south.
Bren was dropped off in Nashville to see his buddy.
And Macy stayed w/ my parents to go
see my grandparents in Alabama.

It's been fun.

Rather different, but fun.

But I'm so ready for my kids to be home
and have my things back to normal.

Normal?

Well, back to whatever it is we are used to around here.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

the ultimate comfort food

Comfort food.

One of God's many ways of giving us
a happy moment.

Aren't you so thankful for taste buds?
And wonderfully delicious
things to give them a great indulgence?

I made my kids a batch of one of my most glorious
childhood memories.

Fried biscuits.
(donuts)

My mom used to make them ALL the time.
They were heavenly then,
and every bit as heavenly now.

A simple can of biscuits that turn into a wonderful
breakfast...or snack.
Of if you're feeling really desperate, dinner.
Go ahead.
I won't judge you.
Be sure to cut each biscuit into four pieces.

Fry 'em up in a pan.

To a nice golden tan.

A nice dip in cinnamon sugar.

Which leaves you with a big ol' pile of deliciousness.

That is VERY quickly followed by...

My kids devour them.
As do I.

Insanely unhealthy?
Yes.
But that's right where the comfort resides.

Deal with it.

Enjoy it.


Life is good....
made even better with comfort food.



Swing on over to my dear friend Connie's blog
to see her fun-filled fundraiser...
AND
to see a pic of her newest girly, waiting in China!

She is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

are they sisters?

For the first two years of being an adoptive family,
I am happy to say that we did
not receive any stupid, rude, or ridiculous questions about
our sweet little mix-raced family.

Two glorious years.

No doubt, the Lord knew I wasn't quite ready to handle
such questions.

But recently,
the inquiries and comments have started trickling in.

I truly try not to carry around a defensive attitude.
I hate that.
And I don't ever want to sound harsh with my reactions.

"Let your conversation be always full of grace,
and seasoned with salt,
so that you may know how to answer everyone."

Colossians 4:6


But seriously.

Do people not think?

Do I have a sign on my forehead saying:

"Please, feel free to say whatever you want in front of
my precious adopted girls."

The most common question as of late is
"Are they sisters?"

Yes.

Is what I always say.

Macy giggles at this.

If they press the issue, as if it's their right to figure out
our family dynamic,
I will sometimes say,
"They aren't biological but they are, very much, SISTERS."


And what about people who comment on the fact that
we should be adopting domestically, not internationally?

As if there is something Biblical about saving American children
over any others in the world?



Makes me crazy.

C.R.A.Z.Y.


To me that's like saying of my biological children,
"Why did you give birth to those kids?"

Huh?

Let's see....because they are who God gave us.

Period.

Adoption is no different.




So, to all of you who have no doubt dealt with these things
also...what the heck to you say?

Do you have neat and tidy answers?



Do tell.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

charlie church mouse

Over the summer when I ordered the older kids'
curriculum, I wanted to get something for
Lucy that would keep her occupied while I was busy
with math I don't understand and other fun things.

I bought this Charlie Church Mouse game
and Lucy LOVES it!

The graphics aren't great but for $15, we've gotten
our money's worth and more.

It's educational AND teaches some great Bible stories.





Two thumbs up from Lucy!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

where's daddy?

This morning the first thing Lucy said to me was,

"Where's Daddy?? I told him not to go to work before I woke up!"

She was so sad.

So she called him at work...
Look at her sweet face.

She was so upset.

Bless her heart.

Her daddy is her best buddy
and she can't stand it when he's gone.



But her concern quickly turned to the fact that I had
taken a picture of her with her hair a mess.

Such a girl.

Just think how mad she'll be when she finds out I posted
it on my blog.

Heehee.

miscellaneous ramblings

Well, I really have nothing to say today.

But yet feel compelled to post something.
Even if it's not much of
anything.

FYI, we have officially ditched geometry for this year.

I can't tell you how good that feels.

Movin' on to algebra II.
Lord, help us.

At least there are no postulates and other such
evil things.



Here is a very lovely picture of a very lovely
flower, taken by a VERY lovely girl...


Macy found this flower outside and took a gazillion photos
of it. It's almost as pretty as she is. :)

She really seems to love photography.
I want to get her a decent camera at a hugely DECENT price.
Any suggestions??


And here is the result of a bad storm we had last week.


I can't tell you how sad I was to see this!!
My little boys bought this tree for me for Mother's Day when we first
moved into our house.
It was no taller than me at that time and 13 years later, it's higher
than our house.

And it's almost half gone now.
*Sniff*Sniff*

My manly man cut it
all up yesterday and hauled it away.

Is there anything sexier than a man and his chainsaw?

Mmmmm, mmmm, mmmmm.

No, there's not.


Monday, August 23, 2010

milk, muffins, and tattoos

A typical Sunday night at our house might include some
of the following things....

Brenden sitting down for a plate of SEVEN muffins.
And TWO big glasses of milk.

And yes, he did eat/drink all of it.
Gee, could this be why we go through about SIX
gallons of milk each week?
(And two of our four children don't even drink milk!)

And no, in case you were wondering,
Brenden is not naked.
I asked him to put a shirt on for the pic but it just
didn't happen.

Darn teenagers!


And just a few feet away,
Lucy set up shop giving tattoos to all who were willing.

And as usual,
it was her daddy who was the only willing one.




With talent like this,
her prices will be soaring soon,
so make your appointments early to get
in on a good deal!

And we could use the extra income for milk money.


Just another Sunday night at our house.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

freezer-find

I was recently digging through my big freezer in the garage
for something dinner-related.

About mid-way down,

this is what I found....


It's a basketball-size ice...ball...thingy.

Turns out, Nick had filled a balloon to its capacity with water...
wrapped it in a towel
(I guess so it wouldn't get cold...?)
then stuck it in my freezer.

And forgot about it.

This child is 15 1/2 years old.
Practically a man.
But there is still an ornery little boy in him that will
hopefully always remain.

I just love that.


Friday, August 20, 2010

bless my heart

Today wraps up our first full week of the 2010-11
homeschool year.

On Wednesday I was talking to Patty and
she literally laughed out loud at me...

laughed.out.loud.

when I told her how **wonderful** our week was going
and how much I was enjoying this year so far.

She bluntly reminded me how the first week of
homeschooling is ALWAYS blissful.

Prophetic words.

True enough.

Because yesterday (Thursday) things took a turn.

I suddenly realized that the language barrier
still strongly exists between Macy and me.

Bless her heart.

Bless MY heart.

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to teach
a Chinese-speaking student geometry...

when the TEACHER doesn't even understand it in ENGLISH?

We're in for a fun ride this year.

I'm hanging on tight.

I invite you to come along cause it will either break me
or provide fun fuel for some great blog posts.

Or both.

Oh and after all these years of home-educating,
I've finally decided that it's perfectly normal......

and A-OK

to have at least three+ moments of every day that
you settle in your mind that you are throwing in the towel
and sending these darn kids to public school.

Yesterday I had about 22 such moments.

Bless my heart.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

checking in...

Well, shoot-fire.

We got to USCIS and though they were more than happy
to do our fingerprints,
since we were there without an appointment
we were going to have to wait in line behind all the other folks
who did have an appointment.

And being that all four kids were with us
(the three teens were *patiently* waiting in the car)
we decided not to wait.

:(

Oh well.

We will just go back on our scheduled day.

No big deal.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

We started school last week.

Well, my homeschool kiddos did.

Brenden is finishing his high school career at
the Christian school we've been involved
in for the past 10 years and will start in a couple weeks.

Nick is taking algebra at our public school
and doing the rest of his subjects at home.

And Macy is full-time at home.

Lucy remains in charge of everyone
and sees to it that they don't ever forget it.

Oy.

Actually, I'm working with her on kindergarten stuff.
She's still technically a year away from
starting but the girl is mega-smart so I need to get going
on it.


So sorry for no pictures.
Sad, I know.

But I just needed to check in with ya'll with something.

So there ya have it.

Now go and have yourself wonderfully blessed Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On our way to USCIS to try to get our fingerprints done early! Please pray!

Monday, August 16, 2010

you gotta see this sweet fella!

I can't think of a better post for today than to
pass on some info about an incredibly precious little guy.

My social worker emailed and asked me to help advocate
for this fella whom she met on her latest
trip to China.
She's never asked me to do this before,
so I know for certain that this little man is beyond special.

She personally spent time with him,
fell head over heals in love and is now working with
Love without Boundaries to find
him his forever family.

PLEASE swing over to their site to take
a peek at this precious boy!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

fishers of men?

"Too many Christians are no longer fishers of men...
but keepers of the aquarium."

Paul Harvey

Friday, August 13, 2010

misc. fun

Just a fun little photo shoot with
my girlies after dinner last night.......



Purely adorable.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

crazy love {continued}

Linn is doing another Crazy Love challenge.

It's just too fun.

First off,
if you haven't read the book, Crazy Love...
oh for goodness sake,
READ IT already.
Friends, lukewarm Christianity is not acceptable
to our Holy God.

Let's be like Peter and jump out of the boat
and run to Jesus with reckless abandon, ignoring all
the risky obstacles the world puts
before us.


So to update you on our next adoption,
we are currently waiting for our fingerprint appointment.
Which is Sept. 9.
Kinda thinking about going early to see if
we can get it done sooner.

But in the meantime,
I've got all our dossier documents in order,
ready to go.
Just waiting, waiting, waiting on our I800A approval.

Then we'll finish up stuff here in the US,
then Dossier To China, baby!

And if you're new here to JOY Unspeakable,
click HERE to read more about
our adoption!


Oh, and here's our next fundraiser!!

This will be ongoing as long as supplies last...
Really super duper cool Show Hope t-shirts!!

I've got adult sizes S, M, L, XL.

$25...and that includes shipping!

Just click on the ChipIn button to order
or go directly to Paypal
(loriatjoyunspeakable@yahoo.com).

Be sure to indicate what size you want when ordering!

Thanks, ya'll!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

hand-bag inventory

As I was rummaging through my purse while
waiting in the drive-thru at the bank today...
I couldn't help but realize
what an odd assortment of items I haul around.


Let's do a quick inventory:
*Assorted nuts.
*Bug spray.
*Wood glue.
*Fortune cookie (still intact at about 3 weeks old).
*Socks.
*Picture hanger thingys.
*Grape jam from McD's (well over 2 months old...undamaged)
*Half a power bar from my fav coffee shop (age, unknown...hard as a rock)

This is just a sampler of what's going on
in my hand-bag world.

Please tell me I'm not alone.

Please.

an urgent need

BWS tips button

Please jump over to

Morning Star Project

to read their latest news.

They are in an urgent situation to find a new home
for their critically ill babies.

Urgent.

Please pray.

And give what God puts on your heart.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

this day

It is easy to use the phrase "God's will for my life" as an excuse
for inaction or even disobedience.

It's much less demanding to think about God's will for your
future than it is to ask Him what He wants you
to do in the next ten minutes.

It's safer to commit to following Him someday instead of
this day.



Forgotten God,
by Francis Chan

Monday, August 9, 2010


First,

I want you all to know that our hearts are overflowing
with gratitude.
Your generous hearts just amaze us.

I am truly saddened that I can't send each and every one
of you something!!

But without further yap, yap....




DRUM ROLL!!!!


Are you ready?



Laurie
at
Seeing The World Through His Eyes!!!

I've been praying since the first day that just the right
person would win.

And I'm confident that it turned out that way!



THANK YOU!!!



almost time!!!

Hey, Everybody!!

I'm busy making dinner at the moment
(spaghetti and homemade meatballs, if you must know)
Thanks for the meatball recipe, Kimberly.

BUT,
I will do the big drawing at

9:00 PM
(central time)

So until then,
you've got time to hop into the action!!

I'm obsessively checking my email to make sure I
don't miss one single entry!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

boys and a boring summer afternoon

What in the world do teenage boys do on a boring
summer afternoon out in the country?


Why, they shoot milk cartons full of water,
of course.




I think he missed.
But oh well.
It was fun and funny anyway.


These boys are crazy.
CRAZY, I tell ya.



*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

MONDAY EVENING
(Aug. 9)

will be the drawing for the iP*d!!

Jump on board if you haven't already
so that you have a chance to win!!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

garage sale success

Where to begin?

Our garage sale was nothing short of exhausting,
adrenaline-rushing, FUN, boring, FUN, moments of time standing still,
FUN, oh and it was a complete
SUCCESS!!

We made $644.54!!

I gotta tell ya, I was a little unsure of what the outcome would
be because even though we had a few big items...we mostly had
little things (.10 here, .25 there).

But boy oh boy, did it add up!

And we were so stinkin' busy most of the day that I had
zero time to snap any pics.

But here are a few from Thursday afternoon
when my mom and I went out looking for political sign frames
that were only going to be mowed over anyway.
So we did a community service and took a few out of the
way for the nice people to make our
garage sale signs out of.
It's called recycling.
We're very earth-friendly.
And cheap.

=)

And here is my mom being the stealthy gal that she is...
(and I'm in the get-away car)


Mom, HURRY!!



And here is a quick shot of part of our treasures before
we put the finishing touches on our "boutique" format.We ended up having so much more stuff after I took this pic!


And here's Lucy helping make signs.
Ahem.

Once again,

I THANK, WITH ALL MY HEART,

my MOM and SISTER
for pouring so much of their time into this with me.

There is simply NO WAY I could have done it without them.

I'm so grateful that it's over,
but truly, it was a lot of FUN!!

But my house has been completely neglected for the last few
days so now I need to get it looking snazzy again.

Thanks for praying!!!

Bye for now.

Have a super weekend!!



Thursday, August 5, 2010

not your everyday garage sale


We are knee-deep into getting ready for a
MAJOR
garage sale tomorrow
to raise more $$ for our adoption!

And listen,
I gotta say right off the bat that I simply
could not
do this without the help of my mom and sister, Kindel.

They literally worked for hours, dripping with sweat from the blasted heat wave, helping me get ready.

Girls, you ROCK!

We spent much of the morning yesterday organizing all
our junk...er, I mean wonderful items.

My mom's garage is FULL.
FULL, I'm tellin' ya.
Of really great things.

We had fun arranging everything into "departments"...
it all looks so good.

It is NOT your everyday garage sale.
Trust me.

I'm thinking we should open a boutique.

But that's another idea for another day.

Anyway,
would you please pray that a gazillion generous people
come to our sale?
:)

AND....
don't forget that the drawing for the iPad will take place THIS COMING MONDAY!!

(August 9)

It's not too late to get in on it!!

I have been majorly meticulous in keeping record of
each and every entry.

And I am so stoked to mail this beauty to the winner!

Go HERE for more details!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

uno-language

We had the loveliest afternoon today!

We went to our friend Claire's house.
Her sister in-law and brother in-law were here visiting from Germany.
And they have the most beautiful children.
They are half Chinese and half German.
Mom is Chinese, dad is German.

Both parents and their daughter speak three languages.
Their two-year old boy speaks two.

I felt like such a slacker, I tell ya.
Me and my uno-language.
But golly, I know it well.

Anyway.

Our two older girls went to the park down the
street together all by themselves.
Believe it or not,
that's great progress for Macy!!
They were both shy but seemed to have fun together.

I had some extended time to talk to Claire and her
sister-in-law. We had a really good visit.
They were so eager to talk about Macy's on-going transition
and offered great advice.

~*~*~*~

All of the Chinese friends from church that we have met
since Macy arrived are precious to us.

I'm so very thankful.

Their love for Jesus is demonstrated with each and
every visit.

There is absolutely no doubt that God has
strategically placed them in our lives
for a very specific purpose.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

bliss

Wow, it's been a crazy weekend,
what with Chelsae's wedding and all.
*Yeah, whatever*

Last Thursday night Macy and Lucy spent the night
with my parents
and the boys stayed with friends.

And K-man and me?

Well, it was a 24 hour date, ya'll...
and it was fabulicious!

Complete bliss.
To be with my man.
For an entire 24 hours.

Bliss-ful.

But...
I gotta tell ya that we were so ready to
get our kiddos back with us!

What is it about that?
You can't wait to spend some time away from them...
then you just itch to get them back!

I guess it's God's way of saying,

You two need a quick get-away to rekindle
things.

Then, quick as a flash,

Ok, now get back to life!

So totally unrelated to that,
I got a check in the mail from Old N*vy.
I thought at first they
had finally come to their senses that they truly
did need to be paying me to shop there.

Because, well...they should.

But ummm, either I'm not worth all that much to them,
or I over paid, ever-so-slightly, on my credit card.

It was the latter.

Can you believe they spent postage on such a check?

Whatever will I do with it all?

The possibilities are endless.

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